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Japan reports 1st coronavirus death in Kanagawa Prefecture

Japan reports 1st coronavirus death in Kanagawa Prefecture”

The victim was a woman in her 80s living in the Kanagawa prefecture, which borders Tokyo, Kato told reporters.

Japan's Health Minister Katsunobu Kato gave no further details besides the woman's age and place of residence.

But in some good news for the 3,500-odd passengers and crew who have been stuck onboard since February 3, Japan said it would allow some elderly people who have tested negative for the coronavirus to disembark ahead of schedule.

Those cases raise new challenges for health officials, who until now had been trying to contain the virus by closely monitoring people with the possibility of contracting the disease.

The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare announced today (computer translated) the first COVID-19 death in the country. He developed a fever January 29.

The new case in Wakayama, a man in his 70s, has developed severe pneumonia and is hospitalized at a different facility, the Wakayama Prefectural Government said.

Her death brings to three the number of fatalities from the virus outside mainland China, where the virus emerged in the city of Wuhan in December and some 1,367 people have died. She went to see a doctor on February 1 and was diagnosed with pneumonia, one of the conditions coronavirus infection can develop into. He was admitted to hospital on Monday with symptoms of pneumonia.

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It will increase the capacity of the National Institute of Infectious Diseases to test samples, and will help prefectures provide outpatient services for people suspected of being infected.

The hospital has stopped accepting new patients and will ask all inpatients to undergo tests.

Omi, who now heads the Japan Community Health Care Organization, said those people who have tested positive for the virus are "only a fraction" of what could already be spreading outside of the ship. Although it remains unclear if the death of the patient was caused by the virus. A coronavirus test on Thursday came back positive.

A Tokyo taxi driver, who Japanese media said was the woman's son-in-law, as well as a man in his 20s just east of Tokyo and a doctor in Wakayama, western Japan, were also confirmed to have the virus. They say he has not reported to work and has been staying at home since developing symptoms. The man reportedly has not traveled overseas or had contact with other infected individuals.

To date, there are 218 cases within the cruise ship, with 44 new cases being confirmed on February 13, Thursday.

Japan is of the countries worst affected by the epidemic outside China, with 251 confirmed cases, including those on the Diamond Princess. "We should assume that the virus has already been spreading in Japan", he said. "It's necessary to quickly strengthen the testing preparedness at the national level, while making considerations for the on-site workload".

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